The flurry of new cameras continue. After weeks of speculation and leaks, Canon has unveiled the new high-end EOS 7D, an 18MP camera with 8 fps continuous shooting and full HD video, aimed squarely at Nikon’s latest release. With the new body, Canon also revealed three new lenses: the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lenses.
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Apple’s annual event was recently confirmed, and with the 9th less than a week away, I thought it would be wise to give a run-down of rumors and predictions to what will be released. A flurry of information will surely be leaked as the days continue, but here’s what’s going on right now.
Seeing as this has historically been when the iPods are updated, and the invite gives no indication to being any different, there are loads of rumors involving the iPods. Some believe that the iPod Classic will be discontinued. I think it will receive the standard upgrade of a hard drive boost (to 160 GB), while remaining the same price.
As for the iPod Touch, the rumors abound that it will receive a camera. I’m hesitant to agree because it is one of the few features that separates it from the iPhone, but I believe we will see it added. I also think it will receive a storage boost to 64 GB.
From leaked images of new iPod Nano cases, many also believe they will receive cameras. I don’t particularly understand the reasoning of the addition, but I could definitely see it happening. They should also see a storage bump to 32 GB, though the 8 GB model may remain at a lower price point, say just under that psychological barrier of $100.
With the iPod Shuffle having been updated just last March, it is doubtful that we will see any changes to it. If there are, it would probably be only a price decrease.
- Apple TV
The Apple TV is long overdue for an update and the current rumors are that the 40 GB version will be phased out and the 160 GB version will receive a lower price. I could see that happening. But, I can also see them not even mentioning it at the event and just making the change when the Apple Store is back up.
It is very likely that we will see iTunes updated to version 9. What features it heralds are still debated though. The most likely are Blu-ray media support and visual organization of iPhone and iPod Touch apps. There is also speculation of some form of social integration, and while I would not put it past them I am hesitant to believe it.
- iPad (Aka Apple Tablet)
The big kahuna is the Apple Tablet, or iPad or Macbook Touch, whatever you want to call it. In my mind, I believe that we will one day see this device, but not on the 9th. This seems more like a MacWorld announcement. Yes, yes, I know they are no longer attending MacWorld, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have their own event around that time. I say we won’t see this until January at the earliest.
Because it is an iPod event, I doubt we will see any changes to any Macs. However, there are rumors that the MacBook line, which currently only contains one model, will be fleshed out and receive some new models, perhaps under the $999 entry-level price, to compete with budget PC notebooks.
Every year people ask and with all the press around The Beatles Rock Band being released the same day, now is as good as time as ever. So, will we finally see the Beatles added to the iTunes Store? Probably not. Does anyone really care anymore? After all these years of waiting, is there anyone who doesn’t already have some digital copy of their library?
- Steve Jobs
With him having been back since June, I think it is very likely that he will if not lead the event, at least make an appearance. Don’t expect him to say anything about his absence, except perhaps a one or two-line joke.
What do you want to see updated at the event? Let us know in the comments.
With over 120 million iPods sold, Apple is by far the market leader of portable media players, but there are other manufacturer’s doing great things. There are many reasons to look beyond Apple—perhaps you want features iPods don’t have, play files iTunes doesn’t support, or perhaps you just hate Apple—in any case, below is a list of alternatives that are actually pretty good. (more…)
You might have seen those tv commercials on your tubes a few years ago featuring light swirls that magically make up words or images; or your friend showed you his portfolio of photographs with glowing light swirls on dark backgrounds. While these can be achieved through long exposures and stop-motion animation, the Halo LED spraycan will let you do this with more style and flare. It is a DIY project by Aissa Logerot, who made use of light emitting diodes, rather than paint. That means no permanent damage to anything, and no paint to deal with.
Obviously it only lasts temporarily and it even charges itself when shaken like a true graffiti spray can should be! (more…)
There was a rumor about this a few months back. Now it is here! Nokia officially unveiled its newest product – a laptop! It goes by with the name Booklet 3G, with over 12 hours of battery life.
Yes, this laptop, which is supposed to be different when compared to the other netbooks in the market, has features better than many netbooks. It has a 10.1 inch display, with high resolution, powered by an Atom processor, integrated 3G wireless system, and get this: a hot-swappable SIM card. The 2 cm, 1.25kg aluminum body also houses common features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, A-GPS, HDMI output, and a nice 12 hour battery life. (more…)
Canon unveiled 6 new cameras in their PowerShot line Wednesday: The G11, S90, SX20 IS, SX120 IS, SD980 IS and SD940 IS. With a surprising drop in megapixels for the G11, the thing to take note of is that perhaps the “megapixel war” is drawing to a close.
Two of the cameras are especially noteworthy, the G11 and S90. The G9 was a highly rated and highly popular point-and-shoot, but many people felt Canon took a step backward with the G10. Two big complaints were that Canon attempted to cram more megapixels (14.7) on to the small sensor and they also lowered the video resolution. One of those problems was fixed with the G10. In order to lower noise, Canon did something very unexpected, the new G11 features a 10 MP sensor, even lower than the 12.1 megapixel G9. While many of the great features—a fast 5x zoom, hotshoe, image stabilization, and ability to shoot RAW—remain unchanged, the LCD was changed to a smaller 2.8″ vari-angle screen, something the G series used to feature, and the maximum ISO bumped to 12800. Sadly, the video remains a maximum 640 × 480 at 30 fps. The G11 will be available in October for $499.99. (more…)
Products from Art Lebedev may have soaring high price tags, like the infamous Optimus line of keyboards. But each of these products are ingeniously and artistically well-designed. The design studio cleverly uses new design and production techniques with the latest technology, or simply puts their head to redesign tech products such as the keyboard.
In this new concept for the Russian design studio, the group has taken on the challenge to show a cool new GPS navigation system. It has touchscreen controls, USB, micro SD, cigarette lighter adapter, and a detachable stand – all in an aesthetically covetous round shape. (more…)
With Apple even approving to carry this gadget on their online and brick-and-mortar stores, it is a given that even the revered company sees the usefulness of this product. This peripheral is cleverly called the BackPack. It is a simple solution for your other gadgets that connects to your iMac like external hard drives, USB hubs, your favorite plastic toys, or pretty much just about anything that you wish to put on the back of your iMac.
BackPack is a dead-simple solutions that fastens tot he back of the new Cinema Displays and iMac’s aluminum stem through non-scratch clips. It costs $30 for a single shelf and $150 for a pack of six. (more…)
After rampant rumors, Sony announced a new, slim PlayStation 3 at GamesCom Tuesday. Available the first week of September and retailing for $300, it’s smaller (32 percent less space), lighter (3.2 kg), has a 120 GB HDD, consumes less power, yet has all the same features of the regular PS3. Existing PS3s have had their prices dropped $100, but why pay for the 80 GB version, when you can wait a few weeks and get the 120 for the same price.
Netbooks are an emerging market of laptops that focus primarily on Internet access such as browsing, e-mailing, and cloud computing. In a sea of sameness, it becomes the minute details that make one Netbook better or worse than another. When looking for a new netbook it is important to take into consideration the less advertised features: keyboard size and feel, camera megapixels, and battery size.
The specs listed below are just the base models and they can be widely customized—for example, some come with Windows XP, some can be installed with Ubuntu, some with SUSE Linux; most also have solid-state drive versions; and most come in a wide variety of colors.
We’ve done the reasearch, and here is a look 5 of the best notebooks on the market.
- Acer Aspire One – $349The Aspire One from Acer comes standard with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB RAM (upgradable to 2 GB), 10.1″ 1024 × 600 display, an 89% of full-size keyboard, a 160 GB HDD, only a .3 megapixel camera, Windows XP or Linpus Linux Lite, 3 USB ports, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, a 5-in-1 card reader, and a 3-cell battery (upgradable to a 6-cell.) Configured with the 3-cell battery it weighs 1.33 kg.
- Asus EEEPC - $329ASUS was the leader of the market with the EEEPC. Their 1000H netbook features a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM (again upgradable to 2GB), a 10.1″ 1024 × 600 display, a 160GB HDD, a 1.3 megapixel camera, Windows XP, a 92% sized keyboard, Bluetooth, 802.11n, and a 6-cell battery which the claim offers 9.5 hours. With the 6-cell battery it weighs 1.45 kg and measures 26.6 × 19.12 × 2.85 cm.
- Dell Mini – $299The Dell Mini comes standard with a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, a 10.1″ 1024 × 576 display, HDMI port, a 160GB HDD, WiFi b/g, a 3-cell battery, Windows XP or Ubuntu, and a 1.3 megapixel camera. It can be vastly improved and customized, at a premium, by Dell, upgrading to a faster 1.6GHz processor, 2GB RAM, adding Bluetooth, a 6-cell battery, 802.11 n, and 3G connectability through Verizon’s EVDO network. One of the lighter netbooks, the Dell Mini weighs in at 1.2 kg. A side note, the Dell Mini is a favorite of those attempting to make a “Hackintosh”—a netbook running Mac OS X. (more…)